Two Signs That Your Vehicle's Suspension Is Going Out

Automotive Blog

The suspension in your car is one of the most important, albeit overlooked, aspects of the vehicle.  Suspension is essentially the aspect of your automobile that allows your wheels to grip the road so you have a comfortable ride.  The vehicle's chassis, shocks and struts all make up the suspension system, and when it is malfunctioning, you may not know how to link the problems to faulty suspension.  Use this information to learn more about the signs which indicate that you may be having suspension issues.

The Front Of Your Car "Dips" When You Stop

One key indication that your vehicle's suspension is on its last legs is that your vehicle "dips" in the front when you stop.  This is especially true if you were traveling at a high speed, and had to stop on a dime.

When your suspension is bad, the chassis, which is responsible for the stability of the body of your car, doesn't remain as steady as it should.  You may notice that you feel more of the bumps in the road, or that your vehicle rocks slightly even when you're at a stop sign.  Because the body of the vehicle is so unsteady, the front of your car may dip forward when you stop, which can be dangerous if you happen to be a bit too close to the car in front of you.

The Tread On Your Tires Is Uneven

Taking a close look at the tread on your tires is another way for you to detect a failing suspension system.  If you find that one of your tires is significantly more worn that the others, it could indicate that more pressure is being put on the tire as a result of a suspension problem.

Suspension is designed to keep your car firmly planted on the road.  Luxury vehicles often have a superior suspension system that makes for an even smoother ride.  However, if one of the struts or shocks is made to carry most of the weight of the car, the tire it is attached to will inevitably sustain more wear.

If you notice decreased tread on one of your tires, have it seen by a professional right away.  You wouldn't want to risk a bad blowout when you're on the expressway.

Paying attention to the signs that your car is giving off can help you catch problems before they balloon out of control.  If one or both of these signs crop up, take your car to a technician for prompt diagnosis and resolution.

Contact a service like Jones Automotive to learn more.


20 January 2016

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